My latest class on Creativebug is one of my favorites, Piecing Large-Scale Patchwork Quilts. I love to play with scale, especially increasing it to sizes that are much larger than those in traditional quilts. In this workshop, I show you how to take a traditional quilt block and enlarge it so much so that the single block itself becomes the design of the quilt top. We use my Fly Away pattern, which is a traditional Winged Square block, but once you know the technique, you can use this formula on any traditional block that you'd like!
Increasing the scale of a block makes quite a dramatic statement, and it results in a bold, graphic design. It also makes a minimalist design, which is definitely near and dear to my heart. You can see that I like to work this way a lot.
This is my Ohio Supernova quilt which I made in 2011 when it was on display at the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati. It was the first quilt that I ever made on such a large scale, and it's based on the Ohio Star block. In a traditional quilt, the Ohio Star block typically measures anywhere from about 4-12 inches in size, but I have increased mine to about 68" square. If you'd like to make your own version of Ohio Supernova, you can find the pattern for this quilt in my shop.
Radiance is a quilt that I designed last year. One of these days, I want to make it again in a totally different palette, so that the beautiful sections of the design will stand out more. This quilt is based on the traditional Arrow Crown block. If you'd like to make your own version of Radiance, you can find the pattern for this quilt in my shop here.
I really hope you enjoy my Large-Scale Patchwork Quilts workshop on Creativebug. I can't wait to see how you use this technique in your own work!